She entered the final after she beat the Chinese shuttler Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10 yesterday.
Sindhu has won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014. Her smashes were powerful and overpowered the opponent by the brilliant cover up on the net.
There was huge support for Sindhu at the Emirates Arena and she took advantage of that to race away to an 11-5 lead in the first game. Okuhara's strategy of playing long rallies tested Saina's fitness to the core. The World Championships and Olympic Games can be considered as the biggest competition for global shuttlers, and Sindhu has made it a habit to bring her A game to such events. A brilliant inside-out smash gave Okuhara her first point in seven attempts but a long drive in the next rally means that the six point advantage is intact.
But Saina's biggest strength has always been her mind. Okuhara would be a tough competitor as she showed against Saina.
"It was disappointing to have lost the despite being a game up". I shouldn't have gone to Rio, I didn't know I had a major injury. Okuhara didn't allow Saina to take the lead and won the match.
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Every rally seemed to be played as if it was match point, as they pushed each other to all corners; Sindhu patiently waiting for a floater to smash, and Okuhara bashing at Sindhu's forehand side to set up a drop shot victor.
Even as Chen Yufei made headlines by knocking out top seed Akane Yamagu Chi of Japan on Thursday and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand on Friday, not many were surprised at these results.
Saina has to work out ways to compensate for age taking its toll, be inspired by someone like Lin Dan, who at 33 has reached his seventh world championship final. They are the Olympic gold and bronze medallists. I made little mistakes today and made very few errors.
Showing some best badminton, the players took the last game to 20-20. We are proud of your game at the @2017BWC finals. Etsuko Toganoo and Emiko Ueno had won gold for the East Asian nation in the first ever World Championships (in women's doubles). The age gap and the fitness levels that come with it came into play and by the time, the third game happened, the 22-year-old's younger legs were clearly holding the advantage.